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    I have been contemplating a wax machine as well....

    I have been contemplating a wax machine as well. One can be had for about $600. I need 6 boxes of deep foundation before the end of March. Those boxes will cost more than the embosser. I already have...
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    I have seen queen cells as early as February 6....

    I have seen queen cells as early as February 6. That was a shocker for me last year.
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    I'm finishing my traps right now. I will start...

    I'm finishing my traps right now. I will start putting them out this weekend. I will have all of them out before 1 March. I'm 3 miles from the ocean so about as eastern as you can get. Don't wait or...
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    Package Bee Feed

    Does anyone know where I can get syrup cans for packages that have syrup already in the can? I found everything to make packages except this item. I can get the empty cans but that doesn't help. I...
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    Red Maple, Camellia, Dandelion, Hen bit, Cedar...

    Red Maple, Camellia, Dandelion, Hen bit, Cedar trees, are blooming. Pear trees have large swollen buds on them.
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    I have quite a few colonies that chew wood. They...

    I have quite a few colonies that chew wood. They will round off entrance reducers and chew the top of the box at the top vent openings. I also have a few that decided they wanted a back entrance...
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    Yup one of my yards has the smell. I thought I...

    Yup one of my yards has the smell. I thought I had a swarm as I was walking to the yard. Bees everywhere working like crazy. Yippie
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    You can get some tree climbing gear to get closer...

    You can get some tree climbing gear to get closer to them. A ladder secured to the tree along with a safety harness to get closer to them. A bee vac with pvc extended hose may work. A bee friendly...
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    Had a huge swarm appear about 45 feet up in a...

    Had a huge swarm appear about 45 feet up in a tree near my bee yard in the 28401 area. Time was about 9AM. I can't get close to them since they are in the swamp. I recovered a swarm in the same area...
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    Get a fishing pole and cast a weighted line over...

    Get a fishing pole and cast a weighted line over the branch as close to the swarm as you can get. Option 1 is to shake the branch and hope the queen falls to a lower branch in the tree or comes to...
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    May want to check the mite load as this is the...

    May want to check the mite load as this is the time of year when the bee population is dropping and the mite population is rising. It would be a shame to pinch a queen and still have the same problem...
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    I would suggest getting a state inspector to look...

    I would suggest getting a state inspector to look at the colony or a seasoned mentor. Looks like European foul brood which can clear up on its own if the colony is strong enough and has feed....
  13. I used 2 beetle blasters in each colony between...

    I used 2 beetle blasters in each colony between frame 2-3 and 7-8 at the back of the box. I also put a dryer sheet cut into 4 pieces. I place a strip of sheet on top of the frames and pinched between...
  14. Thread: Splits

    by leadchunker
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    Depends on your climate. I'm on the east coast of...

    Depends on your climate. I'm on the east coast of North Carolina and I will be doing splits into August. I feed 1 to 1 sugar syrup and use drawn comb and they will build up. I raise my own queens so...
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    Welcome. Pull a couple of frames with brood up...

    Welcome. Pull a couple of frames with brood up into the second box and the bees will take it from there.
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    I run 9 frames in my 10 frame supers. The bees...

    I run 9 frames in my 10 frame supers. The bees draw the cells out past the frames making honey extraction easier. You get more capping wax as well to use for candles, lip balm, soap, or foundation...
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    You can spilt when you feel like feeding bees....

    You can spilt when you feel like feeding bees. They will do fine as long as they have pollen and syrup.
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    Yup you need an experienced beek to help you out....

    Yup you need an experienced beek to help you out. In addition to checking the queen status you need to check the mite load. Easy enough to check with a sugar shake or alcohol wash. Bees with a high...
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    I use a drill with a wire brush to clean mine up...

    I use a drill with a wire brush to clean mine up and a flat tip screw driver for the hard to reach areas.
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    by leadchunker
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    Pretty much normal for this time of year....

    Pretty much normal for this time of year. July/August they will be hanging below the landing board.
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    Got a swarm call in the 28409 area. Late...

    Got a swarm call in the 28409 area. Late afternoon took the ladder, a 2inch pvc pipe taped to a 5 gallon bucket and a 10 frame deep. I jarred the limb with the pvc pipe and in the bucket they went...
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    28401,28409, 28451 Red Tips, Wild Cherry, Clover,...

    28401,28409, 28451 Red Tips, Wild Cherry, Clover, and the all important Gall Berry are blooming in New Hanover and Brunswick County
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    Whoops, 28401 about 1030am Wilmington. For some...

    Whoops, 28401 about 1030am Wilmington. For some reason I cant edit my previous post.
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    North Carolina

    Caught 7 swarms total this week. 5 were from my colonies. I watched 2 swarm from my boxes and followed them into the swamp. There was another swarm hanging in a tree nearby. By the time I got...
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    North Carolina

    Black Berries and clover are blooming now. 28401 Wilmington
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